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Western MA celebrates first night of Hanukkah

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While Christmas is still a little over two weeks away, Jewish people across the world began celebrating Hanukkah on Saturday night.

That includes the members of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, who lit their outdoor menorah after sundown.

The eight-night long holiday is a celebration of the Jewish Maccabees victory over the Syrian-Greek army in Jerusalem and the reclaiming of their temple.

"Back then there was not electricity, so they had oil lamps," said Jeff Rembrandt, assistant executive director of the Springfield JCC. "They went to light the lamp again, but they only had a vile of oil for one night. They sent a runner to get more oil. They lit the lamp and it miraculously lasted for eight days." 

To celebrate Saturday night, the JCC held a party for families including a dance, indoor rock-climbing wall and latkes.

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